The Waxbill family contains a large variety of small, active little finches that have been traditional favorites for pet owners and hobby breeders for decades. They tend to be lively little tropical birds with bright touches of color and interesting markings that get along well with others in a mixed-species, planted aviary. As a result, the Waxbills include some of the most popular finches kept in captivity, and it's hard to imagine a large collection that wouldn't contain at least some of these ever-popular little birds. The majority of these nifty little finches come from Africa, but a few do originate from Australia or Asia, and they are not as cold-tolerant as some other species of popular pet birds. However, even though many people cannot keep them outside, their quiet voices make them a good choice for indoor birdrooms and breeding projects.

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